Millennials Inherit the Earth
It is the season of madness, when seats of power
are seized by sellers of false fruit
and fish that rot under glittering scales.
Bridges that span the river wait with the patience of God
as streams of people who do not see them
stagger through the lurching current
struggling to boost their burdens above the water.
The arches of the bridges are blind
like those on foot who founder and drown
next to the wharves where greed lifts anchor
and carries stars and apples out of reach
of the young and indebted.
Children fight for the shade of a withering tree.
What wings will bear them
over the quarreling clouds on the waters' surface
as the wind falters among angled shafts of stone?
Stephanie Kraft is a retired journalist and Polish to English translator. Her poems have appeared in The Prose Poem Project, Christian Century and Dappled Things. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA.